The FA Cup: Winners List


The FA Cup is the oldest national football competition in the world. The first edition of the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup, was held in the 1871/72 season. It was contested between only 12 British teams, with Wanderers FC beating Royal Engineers A.F.C in the first final 1-0 at the Kennington Oval.

List of FA Cup winners: 1872 – 2019

2019Manchester City6-0WatfordWembley Stadium, London
2018Chelsea1-0Manchester UnitedWembley Stadium, London
2017Arsenal2-1ChelseaWembley Stadium, London
2016Manchester United2-1 aetCrystal PalaceWembley Stadium, London
2015Arsenal4-0Aston VillaWembley Stadium, London
2014Arsenal3-2 aetHull CityWembley Stadium, London
2013Wigan Athletic1-0Manchester CityWembley Stadium, London
2012Chelsea2-1LiverpoolWembley Stadium, London
2011Manchester City1-0Stoke CityWembley Stadium, London
2010Chelsea1-0PortsmouthWembley Stadium, London
2009Chelsea2-1EvertonWembley Stadium, London
2008Portsmouth1-0Cardiff CityWembley Stadium, London
2007Chelsea1-0Manchester UnitedWembley Stadium, London
2006Liverpool3-3 (3-1 pens)West Ham UnitedMillennium Stadium, Cardiff
2005Arsenal0-0 (5-4 pens)Manchester UnitedMillennium Stadium, Cardiff
2004Manchester United3-0MillwallMillennium Stadium, Cardiff
2003Arsenal1-0SouthamptonMillennium Stadium, Cardiff
2002Arsenal2-0ChelseaMillennium Stadium, Cardiff
2001Liverpool2-1ArsenalMillennium Stadium, Cardiff
2000Chelsea1-0Aston VillaWembley Stadium, London
1999Manchester United2-0Newcastle UnitedWembley Stadium, London
1998Arsenal2-0Newcastle UnitedWembley Stadium, London
1997Chelsea2-0MiddlesbroughWembley Stadium, London
1996Manchester United1-0LiverpoolWembley Stadium, London
1995Everton1-0Manchester UnitedWembley Stadium, London
1994Manchester United4-0ChelseaWembley Stadium, London
1993 (Replay)Arsenal2-1 aetSheffield WednesdayWembley Stadium, London
1993Arsenal1-1 aetSheffield WednesdayWembley Stadium, London
1992Liverpool2-0SunderlandWembley Stadium, London
1991Tottenham Hotspur2-1 aetNottingham ForestWembley Stadium, London
1990 (Replay)Manchester United1-0Crystal PalaceWembley Stadium, London
1990Manchester United3-3 aetCrystal PalaceWembley Stadium, London
1989Liverpool3-2 aetEvertonWembley Stadium, London
1988Wimbledon1-0LiverpoolWembley Stadium, London
1987Coventry City3-2 aetTottenham HotspurWembley Stadium, London
1986Liverpool3-1EvertonWembley Stadium, London
1985Manchester United1-0 aetEvertonWembley Stadium, London
1984Everton2-0WatfordWembley Stadium, London
1983 (Replay)Manchester United4-0Brighton & Hove AlbionWembley Stadium, London
1983Manchester United2-2 aetBrighton & Hove AlbionWembley Stadium, London
1982 (Replay)Tottenham Hotspur1-0Queens Park RangersWembley Stadium, London
1982Tottenham Hotspur1-1 aetQueens Park RangersWembley Stadium, London
1981 (Replay)Tottenham Hotspur3-2Manchester CityWembley Stadium, London
1981Tottenham Hotspur1-1 aetManchester CityWembley Stadium, London
1980West Ham United1-0ArsenalWembley Stadium, London
1979Arsenal3-2Manchester UnitedWembley Stadium, London
1978Ipswich Town1-0ArsenalWembley Stadium, London
1977Manchester United2-1LiverpoolWembley Stadium, London
1976Southampton1-0Manchester UnitedWembley Stadium, London
1975West Ham United2-0FulhamWembley Stadium, London
1974Liverpool3-0Newcastle UnitedWembley Stadium, London
1973Sunderland1-0Leeds UnitedWembley Stadium, London
1972Leeds United1-0ArsenalWembley Stadium, London
1971Arsenal2-1 aetLiverpoolWembley Stadium, London
1970 (Replay)Chelsea2-1Leeds UnitedWembley Stadium, London
1970Chelsea2-2 aetLeeds UnitedWembley Stadium, London
1969Manchester City1-0Leicester CityWembley Stadium, London
1968West Bromwich Albion1-0 aetEvertonWembley Stadium, London
1967Tottenham Hotspur2-1ChelseaWembley Stadium, London
1966Everton3-2Sheffield WednesdayWembley Stadium, London
1965Liverpool2-1 aetLeeds UnitedWembley Stadium, London
1964West Ham United3-2Preston North EndWembley Stadium, London
1963Manchester United3-1Leicester CityWembley Stadium, London
1962Tottenham Hotspur3-1BurnleyWembley Stadium, London
1961Tottenham Hotspur2-0Leicester CityWembley Stadium, London
1960Wolverhampton Wanderers3-0Blackburn RoversWembley Stadium, London
1959Nottingham Forest2-1Luton TownWembley Stadium, London
1958Bolton Wanderers2-0Manchester UnitedWembley Stadium, London
1957Aston Villa2-1Manchester UnitedWembley Stadium, London
1956Manchester City3-1Birmingham CityWembley Stadium, London
1955Newcastle United3-1Manchester CityWembley Stadium, London
1954West Bromwich Albion3-2Preston North EndWembley Stadium, London
1953Blackpool4-3Bolton WanderersWembley Stadium, London
1952Newcastle United1-0ArsenalWembley Stadium, London
1951Newcastle United2-0BlackpoolWembley Stadium, London
1950Arsenal2-0LiverpoolWembley Stadium, London
1949Wolverhampton Wanderers3-1Leicester CityWembley Stadium, London
1948Manchester United4-2BlackpoolWembley Stadium, London
1947Charlton Athletic1-0 aetBurnleyWembley Stadium, London
1946Derby County4-1 aetCharlton AthleticWembley Stadium, London
1939Portsmouth4-1Wolverhampton WanderersWembley Stadium, London
1938Preston North End1-0 aetHuddersfield TownWembley Stadium, London
1937Sunderland3-1Preston North EndWembley Stadium, London
1936Arsenal1-0Sheffield UnitedWembley Stadium, London
1935Sheffield Wednesday4-2West Bromwich AlbionWembley Stadium, London
1934Manchester City2-1PortsmouthWembley Stadium, London
1933Everton3-0Manchester CityWembley Stadium, London
1932Newcastle United2-1ArsenalWembley Stadium, London
1931West Bromwich Albion2-1BirminghamWembley Stadium, London
1930Arsenal2-0Huddersfield TownWembley Stadium, London
1929Bolton Wanderers2-0PortsmouthWembley Stadium, London
1928Blackburn Rovers3-1Huddersfield TownWembley Stadium, London
1927Cardiff City1-0ArsenalWembley Stadium, London
1926Bolton Wanderers1-0Manchester CityWembley Stadium, London
1925Sheffield United1-0Cardiff CityWembley Stadium, London
1924Newcastle United2-0Aston VillaWembley Stadium, London
1923Bolton Wanderers2-0West Ham UnitedStamford Bridge, London
1922Huddersfield Town1-0Preston North EndStamford Bridge, London
1921Tottenham Hotspur1-0Wolverhampton WanderersStamford Bridge, London
1920Aston Villa1-0 aetHuddersfield TownStamford Bridge, London
1915Sheffield United3-0ChelseaOld Trafford, Manchester
1914Burnley1-0LiverpoolCrystal Palace, London
1913Aston Villa1-0SunderlandCrystal Palace, London
1912 (Replay)Barnsley1-0West Bromwich AlbionBramall Lane, Sheffield
1912Barnsley0-0West Bromwich AlbionCrystal Palace, London
1911 (Replay)Bradford City1-0Newcastle UnitedOld Trafford, Manchester
1911Bradford City0-0Newcastle UnitedCrystal Palace, London
1910 (Replay)Newcastle United2-0BarnsleyGoodison Park, Liverpool
1910Newcastle United1-1BarnsleyCrystal Palace, London
1909Manchester United1-0Bristol CityCrystal Palace, London
1908Wolverhampton Wanderers3-1Newcastle UnitedCrystal Palace, London
1907The Wednesday2-1EvertonCrystal Palace, London
1906Everton1-0Newcastle UnitedCrystal Palace, London
1905Aston Villa2-0Newcastle UnitedCrystal Palace, London
1904Manchester City1-0Bolton WanderersCrystal Palace, London
1903Bury6-0Derby CountyCrystal Palace, London
1902 (Replay)Sheffield United2-1SouthamptonCrystal Palace, London
1902Sheffield United1-1SouthamptonCrystal Palace, London
1901 (Replay)Tottenham Hotspur3-1Sheffield UnitedBurnden Park, Bolton
1901Tottenham Hotspur2-2Sheffield UnitedCrystal Palace, London
1900Bury4-0SouthamptonCrystal Palace, London
1899Sheffield United4-1Derby CountyCrystal Palace, London
1898Nottingham Forest3-1Derby CountyCrystal Palace, London
1897Aston Villa3-2EvertonCrystal Palace, London
1896The Wednesday2-1Wolverhampton WanderersCrystal Palace, London
1895Aston Villa1-0West Bromwich AlbionCrystal Palace, London
1894Notts County4-1Bolton WanderersGoodison Park, Liverpool
1893Wolverhampton Wanderers1-0EvertonFallowfield Stadium, Manchester
1892West Bromwich Albion3-0Aston VillaKennington Oval, London
1891Blackburn Rovers3-1Notts CountyKennington Oval, London
1890Blackburn Rovers6-1The WednesdayKennington Oval, London
1889Preston North End3-0Wolverhampton WanderersKennington Oval, London
1888West Bromwich Albion2-1Preston North EndKennington Oval, London
1887Aston Villa2-0West Bromwich AlbionKennington Oval, London
1886 (Replay)Blackburn Rovers2-0West Bromwich AlbionRacecourse Ground, Derby
1886Blackburn Rovers0-0West Bromwich AlbionKennington Oval, London
1885Blackburn Rovers2-0Queen’s ParkKennington Oval, London
1884Blackburn Rovers2-1Queen’s ParkKennington Oval, London
1883Blackburn Olympic2-1 aetOld EtoniansKennington Oval, London
1882Old Etonians1-0Blackburn RoversKennington Oval, London
1881Old Carthusians3-0Old EtoniansKennington Oval, London
1880Clapham Rovers1-0Oxford UniversityKennington Oval, London
1879Old Etonians1-0Clapham RoversKennington Oval, London
1878Wanderers3-1Royal EngineersKennington Oval, London
1877Wanderers2-1 aetOxford UniversityKennington Oval, London
1876 (Replay)Wanderers3-0Old EtoniansKennington Oval, London
1876Wanderers1-1 aetOld EtoniansKennington Oval, London
1875 (Replay)Royal Engineers2-0Old EtoniansKennington Oval, London
1875Royal Engineers1-1 aetOld EtoniansKennington Oval, London
1874Oxford University2-0Royal EngineersKennington Oval, London
1873Wanderers2-0Oxford UniversityLillie Bridge, London
1872Wanderers1-0Royal EngineersKennington Oval, London


The FA Cup is a knockout tournament where games are contested over one leg per round. If a match ends in a draw, it goes to a replay up until the Fourth Round Proper. After the Fourth Round, the match result will be resolved by extra time and penalties. This was a new addition for the 2018/19 FA Cup.

The winners of the FA Cup now enter the UEFA Europa League at the Group Stage. Previously, if the winners of the FA Cup had already qualified for a European tournament through the league or a European cup win, then the runners-up of the FA Cup would clinch a place in the Europa League. But this ended due to a change in the UEFA regulations in 2015. The place will now go to the next highest-place team in the league that have not yet qualified for a European spot. In the Premier League, that currently goes to the seventh-place team.

As well as a European spot, the winners of the FA Cup get £3.6million in prize money, with the runners-up getting £1.8million.

FA Cup 2018 winner – Chelsea

Chelsea are the reigning FA Cup holders after they beat Manchester United 1-0 in the 2018 FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium, thanks to a 22nd-minute Eden Hazard penalty.

The Blues had a mixed route to the final, with their toughest tie proving to be their third round clash against Championship side Norwich City. The Canaries held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at Carrow road, before the Blues won 5-3 on penalties in the replay at Stamford Bridge after a 1-1 draw during the 90 minutes and extra time.

Chelsea ran out comfortable winners in the fourth and fifth rounds, beating Newcastle United 3-0 and Hull City 4-0, both at Stamford Bridge.

The quarter-final against Leicester City also proved tough for Chelsea, led by former manager Antonio Conte. They needed extra time to overcome the Foxes, with Pedro netting the winner in a 2-1 win at the King Power Stadium.

In the semi-final, Chelsea battled past a resilient Southampton side at Wembley Stadium to reach the final. Conte’s side won 2-0 after two second half goals, with a sublime individual effort from Olivier Giroud seconds after half-time, jinking past two Southampton defenders in a congested box before poking home.

Impressively, of the seven FA Cup games played by Chelsea in the 2017/18 campaign, they only conceded two goals and kept five clean sheets, with only Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Norwich City’s Jamal Lewis breaching the defence.

Famous FA Cup wins

The 1988 FA Cup final is one of the biggest shocks in the history of the tournament, as the most dominant English side of the 1980s and league champions Liverpool played Wimbledon at Wembley, a side who had only been in the Football League system for 11 years.

Despite being huge underdogs Wimbledon beat the champions 1-0 in front of 98,203 fans, with Lawrie Sanchez grabbing the only goal of the game in the 37th minute. Wimbledon goalkeeper and captain Dave Beasant made the first ever FA Cup final penalty save in that game too, keeping out an effort from John Aldridge on the hour mark.

The 1988 FA Cup final is also remembered as the game where football commentator John Motson delivered the lines “The Crazy Gang have beaten the Culture Club.”

In more recent history, the 2013 FA Cup final provided a huge shock too. Premier League runners up Manchester City faced Wigan Athletic, who had been battling relegation all season.

The Latics held out a potent strikeforce of Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez for the entire game before Latics midfielder Ben Watson popped up with a header in stoppage-time to beat the Cityzens 1-0.

Unfortunately for Wigan Athletic, they were unable to avoid relegation after the FA Cup win, making them the first side to win the FA Cup and get relegated from the Premier League in the history of the competition.

The 2008 FA Cup final provided a shock matchup, as Portsmouth and second-tier Cardiff City played under the Wembley arch for the famous trophy. Portsmouth won 1-0 thanks to a Nwankwo Kanu strike.

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